The Classical Quarterly (New Series)

Research Article

ΕΙΔΗ Τx03A1;ΑΓΩΙΔΙΑΣ in Aristotle's Poetics

D.J. Allana1

a1 University of Glasgow

A Distinction of four species of tragedy and epic poetry is laid down, though not explained at length, in two passages of the Poetics (18, I455b32–56a3 and 24, I459b7–16), and, as I hope to show, mentioned in another (12, S0009838800034042_inline1). At the end of the treatise, Aristotle positively says that he has given an explanation of both the species and the component parts of tragedy and epic poetry (l462bl6–l8 S0009838800034042_inline2 S0009838800034042_inline3).